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RE: 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx
What are the other 2 specimens #9 & #10?
Found in 1860 near Solnhofen and described by H. v Meyer in 1861.
2.The London Specimen
Found in 1861, near Langenaltheim. Probably the best known (together
with the Berlin specimen). Its discovery was announced by H. v Meyer in
3.The Berlin Specimen
Found in 1877 near Blumenberg. This was a better specimen than the
London specimen, principally because it had a complete head. It was
described by W. Dames in 1884.
4.The Maxburg Specimen
Found in 1958 near Langenaltheim (same as London Specimen). This
specimen is of the torso only and is the only specimen to still be in
private hands. It's whereabouts remain unknown. The specimen was
described by Heller in 1959.
5.The Haarlem or Teyler Specimen
This specimen was actually found near Reidenburg in 1855, 5 years before
the feather! It lay in a museum after being classified as Pterodactylus
crassipes by H. v Meyer in 1875. Curiously, Mayer described it as having
a flight membrane unlike any other known pterodactyl, now we know why! A
re-examination of the fossil in 1970 by Ostrom revealed feathers and its
6.The Eichstatt Specimen
Found near Workerszell in 1951, it was described by P. Wellnhofer in
1974. This is the smallest of all the specimens
7.The Solnhofen Specimen
Found in the 1960's near Eichstatt by a Turkish worker. First
identified as Compsognathus, by a amateur collector, however, further
examination showed that the arms were too long for the body size and
preparation revealed feather traces. Described by P. Wellnhofer in 1988.
8.The Solnhofen-Aktien-Verein specimen
A new specimen was described by Wellnhofer (1993), but the description
is in German and so information is limited. The specimen has been
classified as a new species, Archaeopteryx bavarica, and has been
reported as possessing a small ossified sternum, as well as feather
9. [ ? ]
10. [ ? ]
11. specimen of Archaeopteryx, with very well preserved bones and
feathers but no skull.
Any further info on Archaeopteryx specimens 9, 10 & 11?
On Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 5:14 PM, Heinz Peter Bredow wrote:
I just read the Süddeutsche Zeitung from tomorrow
which can already be downloaded by subscribers this evening.
It contains a report about an 11th specimen of Archaeopteryx,
with very well preserved bones and feathers but no skull.
This specimen will be displayed with some other specimens of
Archaeopteryx at the end of this month at the Münchner Mineralientage.
Oliver Rauhut from Munich was cited as leader of a group of scientists
which wrote a first expertise of this specimen.
Have I missed something or is this news?
Heinz Peter Bredow
There are some pictures of the preparation of the Münchner